Carolina Isobots Regional Competition 2018

Pinnacle Elementary Earns Top Honors At Robotics Competion
Posted on 12/04/2018
Carolina Isobots 2018

FOREST CITY, NC – On Saturday, December 1, 2018, thirty-seven teams from Rutherford County Schools, Polk County Schools, and Spartanburg County School Districts One, Two, and Five competed in the third annual Carolina Isobots Regional Competition, held at R-S Central High School. The Carolina Isobots initiative aims to excite and engage more students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities.

Throughout the year, FIRST LEGO League teams from elementary and middle schools learn about programing a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, completing complex missions on a challenge mat, and collaborating to research and solve a real-world problem related to the challenge. FIRST LEGO League is a national robotics program for nine- to fourteen-year-old students designed to get them excited about STEM and teach them valuable employment and life skills. During the season, teams meet weekly to build and test their robots and to prepare the project and presentation elements of competition. Local business and community leaders are encouraged to become mentors by working directly with teams to share their experience and by helping to shape hands-on learning experiences that reach students beyond the classroom.

Teams observe the FIRST LEGO League's Core Values – celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. Because students are responsible for every aspect of their work, they cultivate important leadership and collaboration skills. Teams compete in local scrimmages to prepare them for regional and state tournaments.

During competition, teams are scored on three presentation sessions and several rounds of timed competition. In the Project Presentation session, teams present original research projects aimed at solving real-world problems. In the Robot Design session, they discuss how they designed their robots to meet the demands of the mission challenge. During the final presentation, the Core Values demonstration, students share how they worked together to complete the competition collaboratively and professionally. Finally, each team participates in three rounds at the competition table, where they complete as many missions as possible with their robots during a two-and-a-half-minute table run. This timed competition is open to the public, and excitement fills the room as teams put their skills to the test each year.

While awaiting results, the crowd was treated to demonstrations by RCSNC’s high school robotics team, the Omegabytes, and the elementary and middle school teams participated in a pop up dance party. This year’s top honor, the Champion Award, was awarded to the Pinnacle Elementary School team -- the Black Panthers -- for embodying the FIRST LEGO League experience by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. Isothermal Community College (ICC) sponsored the Champion Award and gave the winning team $100 for their accomplishments. Walter Dalton, ICC president, presented the Black Panthers with their award, and RCSNC superintendent, Dr. Janet H. Mason, presented the remainder of the awards. The full list of awards include:


Core Values Award - Inspiration: The Eagle Has Landed (Chesnee Middle School)

Core Values Award - Teamwork: AstrosKnights (R-S Middle School)

Core Values Award - Gracious Professionalism: Rainbow Rockets (Rainbow Lake Middle School)

Project Award - Research: Galaxy Gators (Rainbow Lake Middle School)

Project Award - Innovative Solution: W.C. Bots (Saluda Elementary School)

Project Award - Presentation: Robo Rangers (Rutherfordton Elementary School)

Robot Award - Mechanical Design: NovaKnights (R-S Middle School)

Robot Award - Programming: Burly Bears (Sunshine Elementary School)

Robot Award - Strategy & Innovation: Cozdroids (Berry Shoals Intermediate School)

1st Place Robot Performance Award: Black Panthers (Pinnacle Elementary School)

2nd Place Robot Performance Award: Space Pirates (Chase Middle School)

3rd Place Robot Performance Award: The Eagle (Chesnee Middle School)

Judges Award - Against All Odds: Supernova Stars (Boilings Springs Middle School)

Judges Award - Rising Star: Astrobots (Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School)

Champion Award: Black Panthers (Pinnacle Elementary School)


Rutherford County Schools, Polk County Schools, and Spartanburg County School Districts One, Two, and Five would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Carolina Isobots:


  • Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation
  • Cooper Standard
  • AFL
  • Isothermal Community College
  • Forbes Foundation
  • POND
  • United Community Bank
  • Must-Innov8, Inc.
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Lakeside Mills
  • Draxlmaier
  • SEW- Eurodrive


The Carolina Isobots could not exist without countless hours of coaching and encouragement offered by coaches, mentors, and parents throughout the year. Their contributions help create opportunities for students to build essential knowledge and develop critical life skills that help to prepare them for college and career success.

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Pinnacle Elementary School's Black Panthers with their Champion Award trophy and $100 check from Isothermal Community College

Harris Elementary School (HES) principal Keith Ezell watches as one of the two HES teams prepares to attempt their missions

Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School’s drivers prepare their bot for its next mission

An up and coming robotics star watches with interest as an Omegabytes team member works on one of their robots

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RCSNC’s high school robotics team, the Omegabytes, was on hand all day giving demonstrations of the large competition robots they have built


Rutherford County Schools (RCSNC) is the comprehensive public school system of Rutherford County, North Carolina. With eighteen schools and one prekindergarten center serving over 8,400 students, RCSNC is an innovative school district committed to preparing all students for college and career success. Through its Going GLOBAL initiative, RCSNC has embraced a one-to-one digital learning environment where all students from kindergarten through grade twelve have access to a personal technology device every day. Supported by a strong community with deep roots, RCSNC celebrates lasting partnerships with the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation, the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation, and multiple other agencies and organizations. Learn more at


The Carolina Isobots consortium of Rutherford County Schools, Polk County Schools, and Spartanburg County School Districts One, Two, and Five supports a regional robotics initiative. In partnership with area business, industry, and civic leaders, the consortium provides elementary and middle school students opportunities to build essential knowledge and develop critical life skills. Fundamentally, the initiative aims to excite and engage more students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”) activities.

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